A thrilling adventure set on a remote Scottish island will be the focus of meet-the-author events for primary pupils, organised by cultural charity OnFife. 

James Dixon

Pupils from two Dunfermline schools will have the chance to immerse themselves in James Dixon’s debut novel, The Billow Maiden – a story full of Celtic and Norse mythology.

The event – hosted by OnFife’s Children and Young People’s Team – also lets pupils explore issues of concern, such as caring for the environment and mental wellbeing.

On Wednesday (31 August), the Glasgow-based writer will meet pupils from St Margaret’s Primary at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and then visit Duloch Primary.

The author’s visit follows the success of another fun-packed book event for primary schools, which featured two of the creative minds behind the world’s longest-running comic.

Mike Stirling, left, and Craig Graham, of Beano Studios Scotland, at the primary school event at Lochgelly Centre on 24 August.

Craig Graham and Mike Stirling of Beano Studios Scotland visited the Lochgelly Centre on 24 August, prior to their appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The pair shared secrets of the comic’s success with more than 200 pupils from five local primary schools and introduced their latest venture – Beano Boomics – which presents cartoon images in a book format.

The Dunfermline and Lochgelly visits are the latest in a series of in-person author events organised by OnFife, which had been limited to holding virtual events during Covid restrictions.

OnFife’s Libraries Service Development Officer Sharron Brown says: “There could be no better way to welcome schools back into our theatres than by doing such an amazing event with Mike and Craig from Beano Studios.

“Virtual events have been great, and will continue, but seeing the reaction of the kids is priceless.”